Isaiah 5:19:”That say, Let Him make speed, and hasten His work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh, and come, that we may know it!”
This iniquity was mentioned in the previous verse: The people were guilty of daring presumption and defiance against God. They dragged a huge load of iniquity, and they were roped by a load of sin.
In this verse, Isaiah is more specific. One of their biggest iniquities was that they scoffed at God’s Word and belittled His Name. They were sarcastic in their use of the title Holy One of Israel, the title that Isaiah had used previously in chapter 1. They were saying, in our vernacular, “Bring it on! Let’s see if God can do what you, Isaiah, are saying He can do!”
The people were so full of themselves that they didn’t even have a clear understanding of what the prophecies Isaiah had uttered were really all about.
It makes me think of the time I warned one of my children not to touch the burners on the stove. “Hot! Don’t Touch!” But the child was curious, and didn’t realize the full danger. He got his fingers burned. Then, he finally understood. For a while he went around the whole house, pointing at various things and saying, “Hot, Mommy? Hot?” It took him only once to understand that if he touched something hot, it would burn him. The people of Judah and Jerusalem had defied God over and over, paying for their sin over and over, but never really seeming to “get it.” They were scoffing at Isaiah’s warnings.
They weren’t scoffing, however, when those prophecies were fulfilled.